The Biochemical Society today backed the Sense About Science campaign to support the Rothamsted scientists facing destruction of their research. Protesters are planning to destroy John Pickett’s team’s chemical ecology research at Rothamsted on 27th May because it uses genetically modified wheat. The researchers are appealing for them to call off the destruction and discuss the work: “Growing wheat has an environmental toll of extensive insecticide use to control aphid pests”.
Chris Kirk, CEO, Biochemical Society said ‘The proposed destruction of research at the Rothamsted must be stopped. Destroying these crops hinders the progress of valuable research. We need to ensure an open dialogue about the motivation for continuing GM research and maintain transparency surrounding the processes.
More information about the Society’s stance on GM can be found in our position statement.